ECHL Today – Apr. 4

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Preview of ECHL Games for Saturday, Apr. 4, 2009

Wheeling Nailers (36-27-8) at Trenton Devils (39-27-5) 7 p.m. ET
• Nailers have won last five meetings and are 6-0-1 at home and 8-2-1 overall in season series against Trenton.
• Devils’ Eric Castonguay has 12 goals and 19 points in his last 12 games.
• Wheeling’s David Brown is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.70 against Trenton.
• Trenton rookies Jeff Prough (5g-3a) and Jeremy Akeson (2g-5a) have combined for 15 points in the last six games.

Gwinnett Gladiators (30-35-6) at Charlotte Checkers (34-28-8) 7 p.m. ET
• Checkers have won last three meetings and are 5-2-0 at home and 7-7-1 overall in season series against Gwinnett.
• Gladiators’ Josh Johnson is 4-3-0 with a goals-against average of 2.14 against Charlotte.
• Charlotte’s Michel Leveille has a four-game assist streak (7a) and a four-game point streak (1g-7a).
• Gwinnett’s Jordan Fox has a two-game point streak (3g-1a) and six points (4g-2a) in his last four games.

Dayton Bombers (31-33-7) at Reading Royals (24-42-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Reading’s Tyler Doig (5g-8a) and Dan Rudisuela (4g-9a) have 13 points each in the last 10 games.
• Bombers rookie Les Reaney has a two-game assist streak (4a) and a two-game point streak (1g-4a).
• Royals rookie Ben Gordon has 13 assists and 20 points in his last 14 games.
• Dayton rookie Andrew Fournier has two-game point streak (3g-2a) and nine points (3g-6a) in his last seven games.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (28-34-8) at Florida Everblades (48-17-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Everblades’ Milan Gajic has an eight-game point streak (3g-9a) and a five-game assist streak (6a).
• Mississippi’s Kyle McAllister has two points (1g-1a) in his last two games.
• Florida’s David Leggio has won his last four starts and is 9-1-2 with a goals-against of 2.14 in his last 12 games.
• Rookie Ryan Cruthers leads the Sea Wolves with 29 goals, 36 assists and 65 points in 64 games.

Johnstown Chiefs (37-29-5) at Cincinnati Cyclones (40-26-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cyclones’ Loic Lacasse is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.52 against Johnstown.
• Chiefs’ Randy Rowe has three points (1g-2a) in his first two games since returning from Lake Erie of the AHL.
• Cincinnati’s Barret Ehgoetz has a four-game point streak (1g-6a).
• Johnstown’s Mike Knight has a two-game point streak (1g-1a).

Alaska Aces (45-23-3) at Utah Grizzlies (27-28-16) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Grizzlies rookie Rob Hennigar has nine assists and 11 points in his last 10 games.
• Aces rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux is 6-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.86 against Utah.
• Utah is 9-0-4 at home and 16-1-6 overall when leading after two periods.
• Alaska’s Brett Hemingway has a two-game assist streak (5a) and a three-game point streak (1g-5a).

Phoenix RoadRunners (30-36-5) at Idaho Steelheads (43-24-4) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho’s Bryan McGregor has an eight-game point streak (11g-13a) including seven multi-point games.
• RoadRunners’ Mark O’Leary has a two-game goal streak (3g) and a two-game point streak (3g-0a).
• Steelheads rookie Brandon Svendsen has a four-game point streak (2g-6a).
• Phoenix’s Mitch Carefoot has four assists and seven points in his last eight games.

Stockton Thunder (32-32-7) at Las Vegas Wranglers (33-31-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Stockton rookie Ryan Huddy has 14 assists and 22 points in his last 16 games.
• Wranglers rookie Scott McCulloch has a five-game point streak (3g-4a) and a four-game assist streak (4a).
• Thunder’s Mike Lalonde has three assists and four points in his last four games.
• Las Vegas rookie Mick Lawrence has three goals and five points in his last four games.

Ontario Reign (37-29-6) at Bakersfield Condors (33-31-7) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Condors’ Mike Wirll has a nine-game assist streak (10a) and a nine-game point streak (2g-10a).
• Reign rookie Jon Rheault has three goals and six points in his last six games.
• Condors’ Yutaka Fukufuji has won his last three starts and is 13-2-0 in his last 16 games.
• Ontario rookie Tim Kraus has 11 assists and 14 points in his last 16 games.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Gwinnett can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win OR with an overtime/shootout loss OR with a win by Florida

Mississippi can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win AND a win in regulation by Charlotte

Wheeling can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win OR with an overtime/shootout loss AND a win by Cincinnati

Johnstown can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win AND a win by Trenton OR with an overtime/shootout loss AND a win in regulation by Trenton

Cincinnati can clinch the North Division on Saturday with a win OR with a win in regulation by Wheeling

Trenton can clinch the North Division on Saturday with a win AND a win by Johnstown OR with an overtime/shootout loss AND a win in regulation by Johnstown

ECHL Record Book Look

Most Power-Play Goals, Season
27 – Kevin Baker, Florida, 2008-09
Colin Ward, Nashville, 1995-96
26 – Andrew Williamson, Toledo, 1999-2000
Darren Colbourne, Dayton, 1991-92
25 – Darren Colbourne, Richmond, 1993-94
24 – five times, most recent; Don Parsons, Louisiana, 1997-98

Most Shutouts By Goaltender, Season
8 – Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Alaska, 2008-09
7 – Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana, 2001-02
– David Brumby, Jackson, 1999-2000
– Maxime Gingras, Richmond, 1998-99
6 – Alfie Michaud, Peoria, 2004-05
– Matthew Yeats, Texas, 2006-07

Most Shutouts, One Season
11 – Wheeling Nailers, 2003-04
10 – Alaska Aces, 2008-09
– Wheeling Nailers, 2004-05
– Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, 2003-04
– Louisiana IceGators, 2001-02
9 – three times, most recent; Jackson Bandits, 2002-03

Most Ties, One Season
18 – Mobile Mysticks, 2001-02
16 – Utah Grizzlies, 2008-09
Johnstown Chiefs, 2005-06
15 – South Carolina Stingrays, 2005-06
14 – seven times, most recent; Las Vegas Wranglers, 2006-07

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
* ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
* The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 404 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 148 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
* Record 49 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Idaho Steelheads right wing Jay Beagle (Washington on Feb. 11), former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4), former Stockton Thunder and ECHL All-Star right wing Troy Bodie (Anaheim on Jan. 16), former Bakersfield Condors center Alexandre Bolduc (Vancouver on Nov. 27), former Florida Everblades defenseman Brett Carson (Carolina on Dec. 7), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Sean Collins (Washington on Dec. 6), former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers goaltender John Curry (Pittsburgh on Nov. 26), former Greenville Grrrowl goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (Edmonton on Oct. 17), former Johnstown Chiefs center Andre Deveaux (Toronto on Nov. 27), former Dayton Bombers center Philippe Dupuis (Colorado on Dec. 12), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Chris Durno (Colorado on Jan. 18), former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Pat Dwyer (Carolina on Nov. 2), former Columbus Cottonmouths and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks left wing Mitch Fritz (New York Islanders on Oct. 30), former South Carolina Stingrays right wing Andrew Gordon (Washington on Dec. 23), former Augusta Lynx and Mississippi Sea Wolves goaltender Riku Helenius (Tampa Bay on Jan. 30), former Charlotte Checkers center Dwight Helminen (Carolina on Oct. 28), former Florida Everblades and ECHL All-Star center Matt Hendricks (Colorado on Mar. 10), former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Brent Krahn (Dallas on Feb. 14), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Scott Lehman (Atlanta on Dec. 18), former Johnstown Chiefs defenseman Raymond Macias (Colorado on Apr. 1), former Utah Grizzlies defenseman Andrew MacDonald (New York Islanders on Feb. 28), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Florida Everblades left wing Kenndal McArdle (Florida on Dec. 2), two-time All-Star and former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Mike McKenna (Tampa Bay on Feb. 3), former All-Star and Wheeling Nailers center Kurtis McLean (New York Islanders on Jan. 19), former Charlotte Checkers goaltender Al Montoya (Phoenix on Apr. 1), former South Carolina Stingrays and ECHL All-Star goaltender Michal Neuvirth (Washington on Feb. 14), former Johnstown Chiefs defenseman Wes O’Neill (Colorado on Mar. 27), former Columbia Inferno defenseman Phil Oreskovic (Toronto on Mar. 9), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Wheeling Nailers center Cam Paddock (St. Louis on Nov. 14), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Warren Peters (Calgary on Dec. 7), former Charlotte Checkers center Jakub Petruzalek (Carolina on Feb. 5), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Corey Potter (New York Rangers on Dec. 7), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Kevin Quick (Tampa Bay on Jan. 13), former Utah Grizzlies right wing Joel Rechlicz (New York Islanders on Mar. 4), former Charlotte Checkers, Columbia Inferno and Elmira Jackals defenseman Bryan Rodney (Carolina on Dec. 11), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11), former Alaska Aces goaltender Marek Schwarz (St. Louis on Oct. 25), former Greenville Grrrowl and Stockton Thunder center Tim Sestito (Edmonton on Nov. 26), former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21), former Utah Grizzlies and ECHL All-Star center Trevor Smith (New York Islanders on Dec. 31), former Johnstown Chiefs and Mississippi Sea Wolves forward Radek Smolenak (Tampa Bay on Dec. 2), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Brett Skinner (New York Islanders on Oct. 27), former Las Vegas Wranglers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Tyson Strachan (St. Louis on Dec. 18), former Phoenix RoadRunners goaltender Josh Tordjman (Phoenix on Mar. 8), former Wheeling Nailers right wing Tim Wallace (Pittsburgh on Dec. 10) and former Idaho Steelheads center Tom Wandell (Dallas on Dec. 10).
* Seven players have played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2008-09: goaltenders Riku Helenius (Mississippi and Tampa Bay), Michal Neuvirth (South Carolina and Washington) and Marek Schwarz (Alaska and St. Louis), defensemen Raymond Macias (Johnstown and Colorado), Wes O’Neill and Kevin Quick (Augusta and Tampa Bay) and right wing Joel Rechlicz (Utah and New York Islanders).
* There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
* Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and the NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
* Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
* ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.
* Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders while former ECHL player Dan Bylsma is the interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award. Peter Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
* There are 18 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
* There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
* In the last six seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
* Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at